Mehldau, Brad / Live In Marciac
Album:Live In Marciac Collection:Jazz
Artist:Mehldau, Brad Added:Feb 2011

A-File Activity
Add Date:2011-03-06 Pull Date:2011-05-08 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:May 8May 1Apr 24Apr 17Apr 10Apr 3Mar 27Mar 20

Recent Airplay
1.Apr 06, 2017:No Cover, No Minimum
4.May 06, 2011:No Cover, $5 Minimum
Exit Music (For A Film)
2.May 10, 2011:Rebop
Lilac Wine
5.May 03, 2011:Rebop
3.May 07, 2011:Music Casserole
It's All Right With Me, Storm
6.Apr 26, 2011:Rebop
It's All Right With Me

Album Review
Reviewed 2011-02-27 
BRAD MEHLDAU: Live in Marciac
Nonesuch, 2011

SOLO PIANO – Sprawling set by one of the most influential pianists on the scene today, recorded live in France in 2006. This can be tricky territory, but Mehldau keeps the excitement level high and shows off his capacity for complex ideas, dynamic attack and steely (sometimes mind-numbing) control. Mehldau has long enjoyed reinventing rock and pop tunes, and those dominate the second half. Watch out for applause.

Disc 1: Consider playing 1 & 2 together, also 7 & 8
Disc 2: 1 & 2 can go together, extended applause around later tracks

Fo’s Picks: Disc I – 2, 4, 6, 8 Disc II - 1, 2, 3, 6


1. 4:30 – uptempo: bright, darting notes fly every way; grows darker, segues into…
2. 5:22 – …energetic standard: classicism and complex, clockwork counterpoint
3. 7:14 – slow standard ballad with an air of strict formality, lyrical yet stiffly paced
4. 8:22 – melodies weave together, then insistent drive, breaks down into chunks
5. 10:25 – midtempo churn: wheels spin, incessant hammering, melodies spiral out
6. 10:12 – uptempo, densely packed: rhythmic segments collide and combine
7. 7:31 – melancholy ballad gradually lifts into prodding eighth-notes, segue into…
8. 7:47 – …Radiohead tune, bright and urgent; expands and deepens


1. 7:48 – Nick Drake song: hard stride against quick beat, softer melodic interludes
2. 4:32 – Nirvana hit broken down into discrete components, strung together
3. 9:19 – oft-recorded pop song falls from storm to slow tenderness, saloon piano
4. 6:56 – Beatles tune, propulsive and angular, takes off in soaring, abstracted arc
5. 6:31 – interesting take on standard: easygoing sway and heavy pendulum
6. 5:30 – swinging jazz standard: lively stroll, starts to blow up but stays in check

[ Fo ] 02/27/11

Track Listing
1.Storm 8.Exit Music (For A Film)
2.It's All Right With Me 9.Things Behind The Sun
3.Secret Love 10.Lithium
4.Unrequited 11.Lilac Wine
5.Resignation 12.Martha My Dear
6.Trailer Park Ghost 13.My Favorite Things
7.Goodbye Storyteller 14.Dat Dere